Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

 
Torana
Dhamma Toraṇa, Egbert, Ontario, Canada
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Torana (Auspicious Gateway of Dhamma) is aptly named. The nearest major city, Toronto has been recognized by the United Nations as the most diverse city in the world, with more cultures and religions represented there than anywhere else. The centre has over 140 acres of beautiful woods, open spaces and ravines. A variety of wildlife shares the land with the meditators. The surrounding countryside is mostly agricultural, but a number of small towns and the city of Barrie are nearby.
How to Apply to Attend or Serve a Course
  1. Access the application form by clicking Apply for the desired course. Old students will be given the option to serve.
  2. Please carefully read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline which you will be asked to follow during your course.
  3. Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it. An application is required to register for all courses.
  4. Await notification. All correspondence will be through e-mail if you give an e-mail address in your application. Due to the large volume of applications, it may take up to two weeks before receiving notification.
  5. If your application is accepted then we require you to confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course.
Additional information
Ontario Vipassana Centre -- Dhamma Torana
6486 Simcoe County Road 56
Egbert, Ontario, L0L 1N0, Canada
Email: [email protected]
Phone: [1](416) 342-6229
Fax: [1](866) 691-5214 (Toll-Free in North America)
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses

Dhamma Torana offers one day Teen courses age from 13-17 and Children courses from 8-12.

2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 26 Oct Children Girls - Open Boys - Closed Servers - Wait List Egbert If you intend to serve both the Children's and the Teens' course, then you may apply only once and mention on the notes that you intend to serve both days
Apply 27 Oct Teen Girls - Open Boys - Open Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Egbert
2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
16 May Children Applications accepted starting 01 Apr Egbert
17 May Teen Applications accepted starting 01 Apr Egbert
 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

See Comments for any special instructions for each course in this section.

All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day, continue for ten full days and end on the early morning of the last day.

If you have any serious food allergies, or due to medical issues, need a 5 pm meal or some other special consideration, please be sure to include this information in your application. If we receive this information after your application has been processed this may affect your status on the course and we may not be able to serve you  properly.

Please apply for no more than two ten-day courses at a time.

During the registration process, you will be receiving few Emails from us. If you don't, please check your Spam/Junk Mail box.

2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 20 Oct - 25 Oct Work Period In Progress Egbert For old students
Apply 28 Oct - 30 Oct SBC Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 30 Oct - 10 Nov 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Wait List New Men - Long Wait List Old Men - Wait List Servers - Open Egbert Female AT fluent in English and Farsi

Apply 10 Nov - 13 Nov SBC Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 13 Nov - 24 Nov 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Long Wait List Old Men - Wait List Servers - Open Egbert
Apply 24 Nov - 27 Nov SBC Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 27 Nov - 08 Dec 10-Day Women - Long Wait List Men - Long Wait List Servers - Open Egbert
Apply 08 Dec - 11 Dec SBC Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 11 Dec - 22 Dec 10-Day Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Egbert
Apply 22 Dec - 25 Dec SBC Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 25 December, 2019 - 05 January, 2020 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Long Wait List Servers - Wait List Egbert Male and female ATs are fluent in English and Polish
2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 05 Jan - 08 Jan SBC Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 08 Jan - 19 Jan 10-Day New Women - Wait List Old Women - Short Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Egbert
Apply 19 Jan - 24 Jan SBC Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 24 Jan - 02 Feb Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 02 Feb - 05 Feb SBC Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 05 Feb - 09 Feb 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 09 Feb - 12 Feb SBC Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 12 Feb - 23 Feb 10-Day Open Egbert
23 Feb - 26 Feb SBC Applications accepted starting 26 Oct Egbert For old students
26 Feb - 08 Mar 10-Day Applications accepted starting 29 Oct Egbert
08 Mar - 13 Mar SBC Applications accepted starting 09 Nov Egbert For old students
Apply 13 Mar - 03 Apr 20-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Egbert For old students
03 Apr - 08 Apr SBC Applications accepted starting 05 Dec Egbert For old students
08 Apr - 19 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 10 Dec Egbert
19 Apr - 22 Apr SBC Applications accepted starting 21 Dec Egbert For old students
22 Apr - 03 May 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Dec Egbert
03 May 1-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Jan Egbert For old students
03 May - 06 May SBC Applications accepted starting 04 Jan Egbert For old students
06 May - 10 May 3-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Jan Egbert For old students
10 May - 15 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 11 Jan Egbert For old students
18 May - 20 May SBC Applications accepted starting 19 Jan Egbert For old students
20 May - 31 May 10-Day
English / Vietnamese
Applications accepted starting 21 Jan Egbert Male and female Assistant Teachers fluent in Vietnamese and English
Priority will be given to Vietnamese speaking students for the first 6 weeks
31 May - 03 Jun SBC Applications accepted starting 01 Feb Egbert For old students
03 Jun - 14 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Feb Egbert
14 Jun - 17 Jun SBC Applications accepted starting 15 Feb Egbert For old students
17 Jun - 28 Jun 10-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Feb Egbert
01 Jul - 12 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 03 Mar Egbert
12 Jul - 15 Jul SBC Applications accepted starting 14 Mar Egbert For old students
15 Jul - 26 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 17 Mar Egbert
26 Jul 1-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Mar Egbert For old students
26 Jul - 29 Jul SBC Applications accepted starting 28 Mar Egbert For old students
29 Jul - 29 Aug 30-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Jan Egbert For old students
16 Sep - 25 Sep Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 19 May Egbert For old students
 
Non-Centre Courses
All old students must register online to attend one day courses in GTA
2019 Dhamma Torana Non Centre Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 26 Oct 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open GTA West (Mississauga) For old students
Apply 10 Nov 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open GTA North (Thornhill) For old students
Apply 16 Nov 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Toronto For old students
30 Nov 1-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Oct GTA West (Mississauga) For old students
15 Dec 1-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Nov GTA North (Thornhill) For old students
28 Dec 1-Day Applications accepted starting 28 Nov GTA West (Mississauga) For old students
 
 

The online application form encrypts your information before it is sent from your computer to our application server. However, it may not be totally secure even though encryption is used. If you are concerned about the possibility of security risks of your confidential information while it is on the Internet, do not use this form and instead download an application. Print and complete it. Then please send the form to the course organizers. By faxing or posting your application form it may delay the registration process by one to two weeks.


To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://www.torana.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: [email protected]

All courses are run solely on a donation basis. All expenses are met by donations from those who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who serve the courses volunteer their time. Thus Vipassana is offered free from commercialisation.

Old students are those who have completed a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course with S.N. Goenka or his Assistant Teachers. Old students have the opportunity to provide Dhamma Service at the courses listed.

Bilingual courses are courses which are taught in two languages. All students will hear daily meditation instructions in both languages. The evening discourses will be heard separately.

Meditation courses are held at both center and non-center locations. Meditation centers are dedicated facilities where courses are held regularly throughout the year. Before meditation centers were established in this tradition, all courses were held at temporary sites, such as campgrounds, religious retreat centers, churches and the like. Today, in regions where centers have not yet been established by local students of Vipassana who live in the area, 10 Day meditation courses are held at non-center course sites.


10-day Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. The courses begin after a 2 - 4 pm registration period and orientation, followed by 10 full days of meditation, and end the morning of the 11th day by 7:30 am.

20-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses , one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

Children's Courses are open for all children aged 8-12 years old who wish to learn to meditate. Their parents/guardians do not have to be meditators.

Satipatthana Sutta Courses have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. The difference is that in the taped evening discourses the Satipatthana Sutta is carefully examined. This is the principal text in which the technique of Vipassana is systematically explained. These courses are open to serious old students who have sat (not including courses served) at least three 10-day courses, have not been practising any other meditation techniques since last 10-day course, have been practising this technique of Vipassana for at least one year, and who are trying to maintain their meditation practice and the five precepts in their daily lives, at the very minimum from the time of applying to the course.

Work Periods have been set aside to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. On selected evenings, there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

Teenagers' Anapana Courses are available for teens in different age ranges from 13-18 years old. Their parents/guardians do not have to be Vipassana meditators.

Old Student Short Courses (1-3 days) are for any student who has completed the 10-day course with S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers. All old students are welcome to apply to attend these courses, including those where it has been some time since their last course.